U23 Women BC Lions – Team BC

Lauren Alderson

Hometown: North Vancouver
Age: 19
School: University of Victoria (Bachelor of Arts)
Career Aspirations: Lawyers
Position: Forward
Club: Meralomas Premier
Provincial Teams: 2017 & 2018 U23 Team BC
Began Playing Field Hockey: Age 6; Playing WVFHC Spring League with friends  
Favourite Quote:
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” – Steve Jobs

Carmen Andiel

Hometown: Whistler
Age: 19
School: University of Waterloo (Recreation and Leisure Studies)
Occupation: Currently working at Superfly Zipline as a tour guide
Career Aspirations: To become a high school teacher and teach Math and Physical Education
Position: Defence/Midfield
University Team: University of Waterloo
Provincial Teams: 2017 U18 BC Lions
Began Playing Field Hockey: Age 11; I joined with my friend in grade 6 because she said it was fun
What I Love About Field Hockey: I love the team aspect and being able to play with your best friends and the people you meet can be life-long friends
Biggest Inspiration: My mom has always inspired me because she has never missed a game that I’ve played and she always gives me positive reinforcement no matter what the outcome was.
Long Term Sports Goals: To continue to play for my university and potentially having the opportunity to go farther
Biggest Sports Highlight: Being a member of the University of Waterloo Field hockey team has been a huge accomplishment
Other Sports: Figure Skating, Soccer, Rugby, Tennis, Softball, Cross country, Track and Field, Volleyball, Basketball, Swimming, Badminton, Ultimate Frisbee

Ashton Aumen

Hometown: Duncan
Age: 19
School: University of Victoria (Recreation and Health Education)
Career Aspirations: Teacher
University Team: University of Victoria Vikes
Provincial Teams: 2014 U15 Team BC Yellow, 2016 U18 Team BC Yellow, 2017 U18 Team BC Stags
Began Playing Field Hockey: Age 10; Elementary School
What I Love About Field Hockey: A great team atmosphere
Long Term Sports Goals: Playing at University
Biggest Sports Highlight: Winning AAA Provincial Championships two years in a row
Other Sports: Football

Georgia Booker

Hometown: Richmond
Age: 20
School: University of Victoria
Position: Forward/Midfield
University Team: University of Victoria Vikes

 

 

 

 

Cara Butler

Hometown: Victoria
Age: 19
School: University of Victoria (Bachelor of Science)
Position: Midfield
University Team: University of Victoria Vikes
Provincial Teams: 2015 U15 BC Blue team, 2016 U18 BC Yellow team, 2017 & 2018 U18 BC Stags
Began Playing Field Hockey: 2008

 

 

Lindsay Cole

Hometown: Victoria
Age: 23
School: University of Victoria (Biochemistry)
Position: Midfield
University Team: University of Victoria Vikes

 

 

 

Judy Cristante

Hometown: Saanichton
Age: 19
School: University of Victoria (Fine Arts)
Position: Defence
University Team: University of Victoria Vikes
Provincial Teams: 2014 U15 BC White team, 2015 U15 BC Blue team, 2016 U18 BC Yellow team, 2017 & 2018 U18 BC Stags
National Teams: Field Hockey National ID camps
Began Playing Field Hockey: Age 9; My mom put me into Spring League

 

Jaden Kozelj

Hometown: Coquitlam
Age: 18
School: University of Toronto (Criminology)
Career Aspirations: Firefighter or teacher
Position: Forward
Current Club: India Club/Polar Bears
University Team: University of Toronto Varsity Blues
Began Playing Field Hockey: Age 11; One of my friends at the time convinced me to join our school team and I ended up really enjoying it
What I Love About Field Hockey: I love being a part of a team, it’s like having a second family. Winning together or losing together it’s the feeling of unity and family that I love the most
Biggest Inspiration: My mom, because she has endured the hardships in her life and come out a stronger person, always reminding me to never quit when things get dark
Long Term Sports Goals: Play for the national team
Biggest Sports Highlights: Playing for the University of Toronto field hockey team
Accomplished Family Members: Older brother Josh runs track and cross country at UVic, and has also run for team BC

Bailey Mitchell

Hometown: Tsawwassen
Age: 19
Position: Midfield
Provincial Teams: 2017 U18 BC Lions, 2018 U18 BC Rams
Began Playing Field Hockey: Age 7; My friend and I got signed up together

 

 

 

 

Prava Sandhu

Hometown: Vancouver
Age: 18
School: York University (Kinesiology)
Career Aspirations: Athletic Therapist/ Physiotherapist
Current Club: India Field Hockey Club
University Team: York Lions
Position: Midfield
Began Playing Field Hockey: Age 6; Through my families involvement in this sport
What I Love About Field Hockey: The community and long term relationships that come with it
Biggest Inspiration: My sister Poonam Sandhu. Her drive and strength that has led her through her many accomplishments as a field hockey player and her attitude towards the sport and life in general inspire me the most.
Long Term Sports Goals: Play for Canada
Biggest Sports Highlight: Coming second place with my university team in the USports national championships
Accomplished Family Members: Nick Sandhu (father) player and coach of the Canadian men’s national team played in 2 olympics and coached in 1; Poonam Sandhu (sister) – player of the women’s national team and of the UBC varsity women’s team winning 5 consecutive CIS championships

Carys Swan

Hometown: Kelowna
Age: 22
Degree: Hofstra University (Bachelor of Arts 2018), UBC Okanagan (Bachelor of Education 2019)
Career Aspirations: Teacher
Position: Goalkeeper
University Team: Hofstra University
Provincial Teams: Team BC Field Hockey U16, U18, U23, Team BC Baseball U16
Began Playing Field Hockey: Age 12
Other Sports: Soccer

Lauren Walgren

Hometown: Nelson
Age: 21
School: University of British Columbia (Bachelor of Science)
Occupation: Research Assistant in the Haney lab at UBC’s Michael Smith Labratories
Career Aspirations: Pursuing graduate school in Biochemical research
Current Club: Point Grey Blue Birds
University Team: UBC Women’s Junior Varsity team
Position: Defence
Began Playing Field Hockey: Age 11; I started playing on the middle school team at Trafalgar middle school and tried out for the team so I could make friends
What I Love About Field Hockey: Meeting and playing with many talented and fun individuals who enjoy hitting the ball around as much as I do
Biggest Inspiration: My Parents have inspired me the most, they are always doing things for others. They are very hardworking and giving people and they inspire me to do my best at anything I pursue
Long Term Sports Goals: Continue playing Field hockey at the Provincial level
Biggest Sports Highlight: Being selected to be the captain of the UBC women’s Junior Varsity team
Awards:
– 2017, Irving K. Barber Scholarship
– 2017, Award of Academic Excellence Selkirk College Recipient
– 2016, Margaret Knight-Letts Memorial Scholarship
– 2016, Nirmal Singh Memorial Scholarship
– 2015, BC School Sports Scholarship
– 2015, Ernie Gare Scholarship
– 2015, Kootenay Lake Hospital Auxiliary
– 2015, Nelson Teachers Association Academic Award
– 2015, LV Rogers Rotary Club Scholarship

Isabella Watson

Hometown: Vancouver
Age: 20
School: University of Toronto (Bachelor of Science)
Career Aspirations: Doctor
Position: Midfield/Forward
Current Club: Vancouver Hawks
University Team: Univeristy of Toronto Varsity Blues
Began Playing Field Hockey: Age 6; I was given a stick for Christmas when I was 6 years old and then joined a team that spring and have been playing ever since
What I Love About Field Hockey: Experiencing the thrill of the game and all the ups and downs with my teammates and best friends
Long Term Sports Goals: Win USPORTS with the UofT team
Awards:
– 2018 Academic All-Canadian
– 2017 MVP Lord Byng field Hockey team
– 2017 MVP Lord Byng cross country team

Emily White

Hometown: Aggasiz
Age: 19
School: University of Fraser Valley (Kinesiology)
Occupation: Assistant Event Coordinator, Chilliwack Fair/Chilliwack Agricultural Society
Position: Goalkeeper
Current Club: Chilliwack Pink Panthers
Began Playing Field Hockey: Age 11; I’ve always been open to trying any sport offered to me at school, so I jumped on the opportunity to try field hockey when I had the chance and absolutely loved it!
What I Love About Field Hockey: I love the open, accepting, family environment this sport creates. Playing with my team or new faces has become a home away from home in a way that no other sport has done for me. It has also been so neat to meet so many inspiring, tough, and hardworking athletes in the field hockey community.
Long Term Sports Goals: I would like to continue to strive for excellence and push myself towards new levels of success, whether that involves small, personal victories, or larger scale
success
Biggest Inspiration: My family because no matter what life has thrown at them, they still manage to find the positives and comedy in life and power through all while making the best choices for those around them.
Biggest Sports Highlight: Being in the finals of the single A high school basketball provincials in 2016 and having the opportunity to represent our school (who hadn’t been to the provincial tournament since 2006) so well and in such a rewarding way
Awards:
– 2011-2017 ‘A’ Honour Roll Award
– 2011-2017 Effort Honour Roll Award
– 2011-2017 Citizenship Award
– 2011-2017 Service Award
– 2013 & 2014 Outstanding Leadership Award
– 2013 Top Academic Student Award
– 2017 Top Senior Female Athlete Award
– 2017 Athletic Leadership Award
– 2017 Top All-Round Graduate Award
– 2011-2017 Top Field Hockey Athlete Award
– 2013, 2015 Top Basketball Athlete Award
– 2014-2017 Top Track & Field Athlete Award

Nicola Wigboldus

Hometown: Richmond
Age: 17
Current Club: Richmond Field Hockey Club

 

 

 

 

 

Emily Wong

Hometown: Vancouver
Age: 21
School: University of Victoria
Position: Midfield
University Team: University of Victoria Vikes

 

 

Reserves

Alycia Gray

Hometown: Port Moody
Age: 21
School: York University (Bachelor of Arts)
Occupation: Cruise Ship Supervisor, Destinations North America
Career Aspirations: Paralegal
Position: Goalkeeper
University Team: York University Lions
Began Playing Field Hockey: Age 10; I started in minis field hockey for the Tri-City Eagles
What I Love About Field Hockey: How unique the game is
Biggest Inspiration: My Dad has inspired me most because of his national level success in rugby.
Biggest Sports Highlight: Recognized as athlete of the week at York University for achieving three shutouts against three of the top universities in the OUA, as well as receiving player of the game for a shutout win in the OUA final during the season of 2018.
Accomplished Family Members: Stephen Gray (Dad), Canadian National Rugby Team, Played in three Rugby World Cups, 1987, 1991 & 1995 with a total of 47 Caps. Captained both the 15 and 7 aside teams.
Awards:
– 2018, Athlete of the Week
– 2018, MVP in the OUA Final

Emily White

Hometown: Aggasiz
Age: 19
School: University of Fraser Valley (Kinesiology)
Occupation: Assistant Event Coordinator, Chilliwack Fair/Chilliwack Agricultural Society
Position: Goalkeeper
Current Club: Chilliwack Pink Panthers
Began Playing Field Hockey: Age 11; I’ve always been open to trying any sport offered to me at school, so I jumped on the opportunity to try field hockey when I had the chance and absolutely loved it!
What I Love About Field Hockey: I love the open, accepting, family environment this sport creates. Playing with my team or new faces has become a home away from home in a way that no other sport has done for me. It has also been so neat to meet so many inspiring, tough, and hardworking athletes in the field hockey community.
Long Term Sports Goals: I would like to continue to strive for excellence and push myself towards new levels of success, whether that involves small, personal victories, or larger scale
success
Biggest Inspiration: My family because no matter what life has thrown at them, they still manage to find the positives and comedy in life and power through all while making the best choices for those around them.
Biggest Sports Highlight: Being in the finals of the single A high school basketball provincials in 2016 and having the opportunity to represent our school (who hadn’t been to the provincial tournament since 2006) so well and in such a rewarding way
Awards:
– 2011-2017 ‘A’ Honour Roll Award
– 2011-2017 Effort Honour Roll Award
– 2011-2017 Citizenship Award
– 2011-2017 Service Award
– 2013 & 2014 Outstanding Leadership Award
– 2013 Top Academic Student Award
– 2017 Top Senior Female Athlete Award
– 2017 Athletic Leadership Award
– 2017 Top All-Round Graduate Award
– 2011-2017 Top Field Hockey Athlete Award
– 2013, 2015 Top Basketball Athlete Award
– 2014-2017 Top Track & Field Athlete Award

Coach

Rosie Beale